Joe Kristufek’s Ellis Park picks for Friday, July 7

Joe Kristufek also is the analyst at Churchill Downs and Kentucky Downs.

Joe Kristufek is Ellis Park’s new paddock analyst and morning-line odds-maker. Coady Photography

Selections provided by Ellis Park morning-line odds maker Joe Kristufek, who has an extensive background in the horse racing industry as an analyst, on-air talent and producer and fan development specialist. He is well recognized for his diverse handicapping skills and suggested wagering tactics and he loves interacting with racing fans. Follow on Twitter @JoeyDaKRacing

Selections subject to change due to scratches. Check program numbers for accuracy.

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Friday, July 7, 2017

Race 1

#3 Spoofy Doo – Has run some decent races; turf to dirt and faces a slow bunch.

#5 Blameitonthebadboy – Reed’s other runner gets first dirt try fresh; bred for it.

#7 Golden Fire Fly – Even run off the bench; fits well with these…finds clear sailing.

#2 Dragon’s Song – Flashed speed on turf with better; back quick for this contest.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 3-5-7-2/6-4-1

Race 2 

#5 Rhythm Park – Game win over hot foe; should be able to setting into stride today.

#2 Woodman’s Luck – Serious turn of foot; Lovell very dangerous first off the claim.

#1 For Goodness Sakes – Certainly is capable; watch toteboard off the bench.

#6 Lieutenant Seany O – On top of his game; tough to ignore with this bunch.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 5/2-1-6/4/3

Race 3 

#6 Conquest Goinggone – Game win on dirt off bench; likes turf too…tactical advantage.

#3 I’m Ready to Roll – Looks super tough on the drop; enough pace to chase today?

#7 Mr. Haire – Representative runs on the green; best of the rest…gimmick player.

#4 Galatasaray – Faltered off the bench; early speed might hang around late.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 6-3/7-4/1

Race 4

#6 Grace Margaret – Solid turf runs way back when; not the same…tough to trust?

#1 Hot – Faced short fields at PID; owns a turf win and posted a work between starts.

#7 See the Bird – Even effort with much better on Churchill dirt; 0 for 4 on grass.

#5 Cowgirl Tyne – Stormed home to win last; pedigree says she might like turf.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 6-1-7-5-3-4/2

Race 5

#1 Yondering – Lesson learning debut; takes a big step forward at a square price today.

#7 Tapsolute – Big trouble and may have been best in last; the one to beat here.

#3 Tarpon Bay Road – Strong close in last; rounding into form…alert break is key.

#2 Strong Yen – Has run some big races; rested & ready for this…gimmick player.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 1-7/3-2/8/6-5-4

Race 6 

#1 Rockstar Jam – Excuses for last couple; fits like a glove at a square price in this one.

#6 Highroller Dave – Veteran in fine form; versatile performer must be considered.

#4 Forest Mist – Invades with purpose for J R; in the thick of this battle go to whoa.

#7 Harlan’s Howling – Capable with A-game for tough team; forgive turf debacle?

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 1-6-4-7-8/3-5-2

Race 7 

#3 Classy Music – Bet down in troubled debut; well-meant in first try on the lawn.

#8 Kelly’s Humor – Cox debuter turf bred on dam’s side; tearing up the work tab.

#7 Reality Queen – Second best to talented winner in last; experience definitely counts.

#9 Eskimo Kisses – Mr. Kenny’s other runner training well for debut; watch tote.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 3-8-7-9/4-5

Race 8

#4 Approvethismessage – Looks tough on drop with A-game; has learned to rate.

#7 West Village – Has run some huge races on turf; hot paces sets the table for his kick.

#5 Purely Boy – Amazing turf resume; returns the same from extended vacation?

#3 Consultation – Can improve off needed run; passes beaten foes to sneak a share.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 4-7-5/3-6-8-2-9-1